Dear Thomas:


Last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced new regulations to simplify the process for veterans to claim service connection for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Specifically, the regulation reduces the amount of evidence required for VA claims adjudicators to find a connection if the PTSD claimed is consistent with the circumstances of the veteran's service.  


Last month, I was proud to tell you about how the Senate passed a resolution I sponsored to designate June 27, 2010, as National PTSD Awareness Day, in honor of North Dakota National Guard Staff Sergeant Joe Biel, who took his life in April 2007 after returning from his second tour in Iraq. These new guidelines prove the VA's recognition of the fact that PTSD is real and must be taken seriously. 


To learn more about PTSD and locate facilities offering assistance, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for PTSD at And click here to learn more about how Senator Conrad is working to ensure North Dakota's veterans receive the thanks and assistance they deserve.


Veterans in need of immediate assistance can call the Veterans Health Administration Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.




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